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This Creative Life with Sara Zarr

Author Sara Zarr in conversation with other writers and creators. We talk about process, psychology, career stuff, distractions, relationships with audience and social media, art meeting commerce, office supplies, snacks, technology, fear, shame, faith, doubt, and our moms.
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Oct 1, 2013
My guest this episode is Nina LaCour, author of HOLD STILL and THE DISENCHANTMENTS, and producer/writer/director of the forthcoming movie, HOLD STILL, based on her novel (as you may have guessed). Listen in to Nina and I talking about how and why she Kickstarted the movie, our experiences as novelists figuring out how to write [&hellip
Sep 14, 2013
25! 25! 25 episodes of the podcast. Day-um. That went by kind of fast. Thanks so much for helping me make this a success, and for your patience during summer hiatus. Your reward is this conversation with Matt de la Peña, author of four novels for young adults (and a 5th coming very soon), one [&hellip
Jun 11, 2013
The winds of change never stop a-blowin’. How do we deal? By being flexible, letting go, staying optimistic. In this episode of This Creative Life, I talk briefly about how this works and why it matters. No season-ending cliffhangers, no car crashes, no major cast changes, I promise. And then I’m sending the TCL production [&hellip
May 1, 2013
Debut novelist Mike Martin in conversation with me (and you) about being the writer you are, gestating in the gap, and reasons to not read about yourself online. We talk about how my fifth novel, THE LUCY VARIATIONS, and his first,  THE END GAMES, have a shared history as well as a shared release date [&hellip
Apr 15, 2013
Oh my oh my. I think I say this every time, but it’s yet another all-time favorite episode. Aaron Hartzler and I talk about his new memoir, RAPTURE PRACTICE, which led us to topics such as: the power of personal stories, why the advice “write like your parents are dead” doesn’t work for everyone, the [&hellip
Mar 15, 2013
Author Bennett Madison (The Blonde of the Joke) and I discuss his forthcoming book September Girls, among many other things. Such as: trusting your readers, what to do with the feedback of your peers or editors in the revision process, and the futility of trying to capture the ineffable–and why it still matters. Also his [&hellip
Mar 3, 2013
And here is part 2 of the epic Listener Q&A, 2013 edition. Author Matthew J. (Matt) Kirby and I field your excellent questions about the writing life and process. See here for part one and the episode’s home post, complete with show notes and links. As always, the easiest way to get new episodes and [&hellip
Mar 1, 2013
It’s an extremely epic episode of This Creative Life, so epic that I had to split the audio file into two parts. Because of the way my feed works, I believe I need to make this into two separate blog posts. This one contains part one. It’s a Listener Q&A episode! I haven’t done one in [&hellip
Feb 15, 2013
In this episode of This Creative Life, I had the pleasure of sitting directly across from – live! in person! – friend and writer Sara Ryan, in my very own house. We talked about writing space and writing pace, the process of writing a graphic novel, how she feels about being known as an “LGBT [&hellip
Feb 1, 2013
In which Robert Clark – Edgar Award Winner, Guggenheim Fellow, novelist, essayist, and “nonfictionista” – and I have a good meaty talk about writing, including a healthy dose of the craft and process stuff I love. Robert talks about how he hatches a book, his transition from nonfiction to fiction at the beginning of his [&hellip
Jan 15, 2013
Andrew Auseon and I first made contact back in 2005 or 2006, when his debut novel, Funny Little Monkey, was out and I’d just sold Story of a Girl. Though we’ve known each other online for nearly eight years, the day we had our This Creative Life conversation was the first time we’d actually talked. He’s [&hellip
Jan 4, 2013
In this episode of This Creative Life, I’m thrilled to bring you a conversation with Jeffrey Overstreet and Anne Doe Overstreet, who are a talented and inspiring pair. I’ve known them for years and have always deeply admired the life they’ve built for themselves, in which creativity is integrated into all aspects and is perhaps, [&hellip
Dec 17, 2012
In January 2011, I gave a talk called “Crafting a Creative Life” at the SCBWI-NY conference. I talked about the long journey of an artist’s life and all of the things that might trap us or freeze us along the way–the practical things like time and money and bad backs, as well as the psychological [&hellip
Dec 2, 2012
It’s a very special holiday episode! Like when Juliana Hatfield played an angel on My So-Called Life, and by the way I just looked that up and Jason Katims co-wrote that episode, which blows the mind of this fan of Friday Night Lights and Parenthood and ANYWAY – – the podcast is back, and off [&hellip
Nov 1, 2012
What do these things have in common: Biola University, the Chicago Film Critics Association’s Top 100 Scariest Films ever made, GK Chesterton, Ethan Hawke, lawn work, and Walker Percy? Well, maybe there’s a lot there for anyone who wants to try, but for our purposes I’m talking about screenwriter and director Scott Derrickson. His most [&hellip
Oct 14, 2012
No one can teach you to be you, and that’s the one thing you have as a writer. So saith Matthew Quick, author of two books for young adults and two books for adults (one yet unpublished but forthcoming), including The Silver Linings Playbook, which has been made into a major motion picture directed by [&hellip
Oct 1, 2012
In this edition of This Creative Life, hear about my plan to start all over in life with a new identity! But seriously folks! I hope you enjoy my conversation with Gene Luen Yang as much as I did. He’s a National Book Award finalist, Printz winner, two-time Eisner Award winner, and all-around terrific person. [&hellip
Sep 17, 2012
A.S. (Amy) King and I have a good chat about getting to know our characters, why we don’t read most of our reviews, and that beautiful moment when we no longer hate our books. Sadly, Amy’s stories of raising chickens and my hilarious “rare poultry” jokes wound up on the cutting room floor due to [&hellip
Sep 3, 2012
The podcast is back for a fall season of new episodes and conversations –  hooray! In this one, I talk with Scott Renshaw of the Salt Lake City Weekly about the art of criticism, how he gets it done, and why. Scott says there’s no genre where you can’t find excellence, and that “you have [&hellip
Jul 2, 2012
TCL Ep 8 – Round Table on Community (click this link to play – or follow iTunes link below to subscribe) In this episode of This Creative Life, I talk with local writer friends Bree Despain, Brodi Ashton, Kim Reid, and Heather Dixon about writing groups and writing community – the good, the bad, and the [&hellip
Jun 15, 2012
TCP Ep 7 – Siobhan Vivian The creative challenges Siobhan Vivian faced while writing her fourth novel, The List, in her words, nearly broke her. In this episode, Sara and Siobhan talk about risk-taking, self-doubt, and pushing ourselves to try to write the book we think we can’t. (Click on the link above to listen [&hellip
Jun 1, 2012
This Creative Life – Episode 6 – Emily Wing Smith Author Emily Wing Smith was hit by a car when she was 12, and that still affects her writing process today. Sara and Emily chat about writing with physical challenges, and how to deal with the associated discouragement. Show notes: Emily’s web site  |  Emily [&hellip
May 2, 2012
You asked, Sara answered. Thoughts on knowing when a book is finished, “legitimate distractions”, and writing about God. TCL Ep 5 – Listener Q&A – You can now subscribe though iTunes. If you like the podcast, feel free to leave a rating or review in the iTunes directory. Somehow, episode 1 has disappeared. Woe. I [&hellip
Apr 16, 2012
TCL Ep 4 – Mark Pett Mark Pett and Sara talk about perfectionism, learning to let go, and self-management, among other things. — Show Notes: A page from Mark’s sketch/idea book Mark’s website  |  Mark on Twitter  |  See Mark Pett and Gary Rubenstein perform The Girl Who Never Made Mistakes at the National Book [&hellip
Apr 2, 2012
Sara and YA author Antony John discuss the pros and cons of selling a project on proposal, how much industry info is too much, and what happens when you’re sick of your book… — My guest this episode is Antony John, the author of the YA novels  Five Flavors of Dumb and  Thou Shalt Not [&hellip
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